Eyelid Surgery As we age, it is normal for skin to thin and lose volume. One of the first places this becomes apparent is around the eyelids. In some cases the upper lids become so heavy and droopy (a condition called blepharoptosis or dermatochalasis) that it prevents light from entering the eye and can interfere with normal vision. The lower lids may also experience a build-up of excess skin and fat. This, combined with water retention can make the lower eyelids appear puffy and baggy, causing an unwanted appearance of fatigue. Fortunately upper and lower eyelid issues can be corrected, refreshing your appearance and restoring visual function. Eyelid surgery is one of the most commonly performed procedures, but excellent results require a skilled hand. As a specialist in eyelid and facial surgery, Dr. Gonzalez is uniquely qualified to address these issues. In the case of upper eyelid correction Dr. Gonzalez will first determine whether or not visual function has been compromised. If it has, many insurance companies cover surgical procedures that restore vision. Many patients choose to have elective surgery on the lower lids at the same time so that facial harmony is preserved. The majority of these procedures can be done in less than an hour under local anesthesia at our comfortable and discrete facility located in Brighton. Please contact us to schedule a consultation with Dr. Gonzalez, A Word About Lower Eyelid Surgery Lower eyelid surgery is one of the most difficult cosmetic procedures to correctly perform. As a result, it is the most common cause of dissatisfied patients and complications. The most important element in lower eyelid surgery is knowing exactly how much fat and/or skin needs to be removed. An experienced lower eyelid (Blepharoplasty) surgeon will know how much skin can be safely removed and clearly explain what can be achieved. Aggressive removal of skin will result in lower lid retraction (pulling down of the eyelid). This is difficult to reverse and can result in cosmetic defects - too much of the white part of the eye showing - or a lid that won't close completely. This condition can lead to dry eye which can cause further problems to the ocular surface. As an ASOPRS-trained surgeon, Dr. Gonzalez has mastered the techniques needed to achieve optimal results and patient satisfaction.